Black Seed Oil
BLACK SEED OIL
Black Seed Oil benefits includes improving immune function, balancing cholesterol, fighting infections, fighting harmful pathogens, reducing inflammation, reducing risk of certain cancers and improving cognitive performance. Other benefits includes supporting liver health, combating type-2 diabetes, improving skin health, supporting eye health and supporting hair growth.
Black Seed Oil is pure fat distilled from the seeds of nigella sativa, a common flower native to south and southwest Asia. This is often referred to as black caraway or simply black seed and is the seed of the fennel plant.
What is Black Seed Oil?
Black seed oil is the oil found in black caraway, with the oil being a distilled and purified liquid version of these fats. As an oil, it has a calorie content of 9 calories per mg (or 1ml) making it a very high-energy food and boasts various health benefits and immune system perks that can be achieved with a relatively small dose.
1. Improves Immune Function
Both the spice and the concentrated oil improve immune function when used in culinary doses and cooking methods. Adding black seed oil to curries and cooking processes can be hugely beneficial to health.
2. Balances Cholesterol
The good fats found in black seed oil increases the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterols in the blood – reducing blood pressure, improving the metabolism of fat and reducing the chance of health problems like atherosclerosis, where the build up of fat-based plaques in the blood stream reduces bloodflow and damages the cardiac system.
3. Anti-Bacterial and Fights Infections
Black seed is primarily effective in fighting various forms of bacterial infection. As a natural anti-bacterial agent it can fight against many bacteria that are either immune or resistant to conventional pharmaceutical interventions. Whilst black seed oil isn’t going to cure any infections, regular consumption may serve to protect against infection and keep you healthy.
4. Fights Harmful Pathogens
Phytochemicals are the chemicals found uniquely in plant foods and are incredibly important for proper health and well-being and battling pathogens in the body, which are basically any substances that might do us harm. Phytochemicals combat a range of pathogens, reducing the risk of illness, disease and mortality.
Black seed oil are densely packed with phytochemicals and anti-fungal agents. These are great at dealing with the threats posed by tiny fungus particles – primarily those found in foods – and gives 100% protection from these pathogens.
5. Reduces Inflammation
Phytochemicals like ‘TQ’ improves the body’s inflammation-suppressing responses (when applied to the skin) and through consumption as a food. This means that various inflammation-based aches and pains such as joint problems can be reduced in the short term,
6. Reduces Risk of Certain Cancers
The phytochemicals also help reduce the risk of cancer. The mixture of anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects promote a healthy internal environment (preventing cancer in the first place), reduce the possibility of cell damage and reduce the chance of precursor illnesses that might damage the immune system. Black seed oil isn’t going to cure cancer, but it may provide you with an increased safety if consumed over a long period of time.
7. Improves Cognitive Performance
Black seed oil inhibits AChE – an enzyme that breaks down Acetylcholine in the body. Acetylcholine is one of the most important and potent compounds produced in the body. This chemical is essential to memory and brain function, but also improves power output in athletes and is used to prevent the symptoms and risks of developing brain and neurological diseases. For example, ACh is used in the treatment of scleroses because it improves the health of the tissues around the nervous system, reducing the chance of damage and inhibition to these tissues.
Acetylcholine is also essential in fighting Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Not only can it delay the onset and reduce overall risk, but it can reduce the progression. Amongst healthy individuals it will improve memory, protect against degenerative brain diseases and improve force output during exercise. This is why we love it so much!
8. Supports Liver Health and Function
As the body’s main chemical processor, the liver is not only responsible for producing the chemicals that keep us alive and healthy, but it also converts toxins and other harmful chemicals into more tolerable compounds to be excreted. This means that the liver endures a serious amount of mechanical and chemical stress to keep us alive.
Black seed oil is one of a number of plant-based oils and supplements that can be used to improve the health and function of the liver. If you’re looking for a way to detox your body, proper care for the liver is the best way to go.
9. Combats Type-2 Diabetes
Good fats are great for reducing blood sugar, cholesterols and improving the conditions of type-2 diabetes. Black seed is even more impressive showing it has a contributing processes in the pancreas, as well as reductions in blood sugar markers and an improvement in the concentration and sensitivity to insulin. Insulin sensitivity is a serious concern; a concern that black seed oil can improve.
10. Improves Skin, Eye and Hair Health
Melanin is an important biological compound present in a number of superficial tissues. These are primarily useful in the prevention of damage from low level radiation – usually in the form of sun burn or excessive UV radiation from sunbathing/tanning. Black seed oil improves melanin regulation and the health benefits associated with it. It can also improve the condition of skin suffering from low-level dermatological problems such as dryness and eczema – the consumption of healthy fats generally improves the absorption of vitamin A and vitamin E, associated with health of the skin, hair and eyes.